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NATA Drawing Test 2018

Last Updated - August 24, 2017

NATA is a national level examination to assess the candidate’s aptitude for admission to undergraduate courses in Architecture (5-year B. Arch degree) at all recognized institutions all over India.

NATA assess the aptitude of the applicants in Architecture in different areas such as drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking.

  • NATA test consists of two parts - A Drawing test which is paper based and a computer based online test for Aesthetic sensitivity.
  • Candidates are given 3 question in the Drawing test with time duration of 2 hours.
  • The Aesthetic Sensitivity test contains 40 Multiple Choice Objective type questions in total and time duration for Aesthetic Sensitivity test is 1 hour.
  • The overall test including both papers is of 200 marks and time duration is 3 hours. There is no negative marking in this examination.
NATA HighlightsNATA Drawing TestAesthetic Sensitivity test
Exam ModeOffline (Pen Paper Based)Online
Time Duration2 hours (120 minutes)1 hours (60 minutes)
No. Of Questions3 Questions. (2D, 3D and Theme Sketch)40 objective type questions
MarksFor 2D-25 marks; For 3D-25 marks & For Theme Sketch-50 marks2.5 marks each
Total100 marks100 marks

NATA Drawing Test 2018 Paper Structure

NATA Drawing Test is a two-hour paper-based test consisting of two questions (one question has two sub-questions). It is mandatory for the candidates to attempt all the questions. In NATA Drawing test, candidates’ ability to draw or sketch a diagram based on the visualization, symmetry and sketching ability is tested in 3D, 2D and Theme sketch. The complete NATA Exam Pattern for drawing test is mentioned below.

The first question in the test consists of 50 marks i.e. 50% weightage. The candidates have to show one or more techniques (based on the question) of the following:

  • Perspective drawing – One point, two points and Three Points
  • Memory drawing
  • Correct Proportions
  • Pencil Rendering

The second question consists of 25 marks and carries 25% weightage. Question two generally ask for creating a 2-Dimensional composition from given geometric or non-geometric shapes. The candidates have to show one or more techniques (based on the question) of the following:

  • Color Rendering
  • Creating Logos
  • Colour Schemes

The third question also consists of 25 marks and carries 25% weightage. Candidates are asked to Create a 3-Dimensional composition from given geometric or non-geometric forms. The candidates have to show one or more techniques (based on the question) of the following:

  • Pencil rendering,
  • Create structural forms from a 3-D element and Create the effect of light and shadow
  • Drawing neatly in Paper with unique and creative answers will definitely result in better marks than other candidates

NATA Drawing Test 2018 Syllabus

Focusing on the preparation and preparing well keeping NATA Syllabus as the base would help the candidate save time as well as has his/her attention on the important topics. NATA Drawing Test is a two-hour Test where the candidate has to attempt two questions. One of the questions has two sub-questions. 

  • NATA Drawing Test does not have any fixed Syllabus, drawing aptitude is judged based on the following aspects–
  • Ability of candidate to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner
  • Candidates’ ability to visualise and draw the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
  • Candidates’ sense of perspective drawing.
  • Combining and composing given 3-Dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.
  • Candidates’ ability to create interesting 2-Dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.
  • Candidates’ ability to create visual harmony using colours in given composition.
  • Candidates’ understanding of scale and proportions.
  • Candidates’ ability to draw from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.

NATA Drawing Test 2018 Most Asked Questions

Previous year questions help many of the Aspirants to get an idea of what is asked in NATA Drawing Test. Most of the Mock Test Papers and Preparation books have Previous year questions. However, to lighten candidates’ burden, all the question mentioned below are chosen after careful research.

The following questions are frequently asked for the NATA Drawing test:

  • You are looking outside the window of a plane and you see a city. Draw what you will see.
  • You have come to a tailor's shop to give some clothes for stitching - draw view from the reception.
  • You are in a mirror house in an amusement part. There are concave and convex mirrors. Draw humorous and frightening reflections of yourself.
  • Make the logo of an industry producing harmful gases in the residential area to warn them.
  • Make an interesting composition using 6-12 triangles and color it using warm colors.
  • Draw a book cover of your favorite story and symbolize the emotions on the fashion of the story of the lover.
  • In the given rectangle make a 2D composition with outlines of hand gloves.
  • Arrange 5 steel buckets in various angles to create a sculpture which would be put under a water fountain for a secondary school.
  • A sphere, a cube, a cone is hanging from a tree. Draw an Image
  • Using cubes and cuboidal make a 3D model to depict a high-rise building.
  • Draw overlapping outlines of hand-gloves of different sizes and color the same using 4 different colors.
  • Your friend has just dropped a box containing dozens of bangles of various colors. Create an interesting 2D composition using the shapes of the broken bangles and color the same using colors of your own choice.
  • Draw a traffic Signal Scene/Market Scene.
  • 3D Composition of things found in a wallet.

NATA Drawing Test 2018 Important Books

To prepare for an exam, books are the best source but, a candidate often faces plenty of problems to choose the right book. The following books are generally recommended for the NATA 2018 applicants. These books are detailed and cover each and every aspects and type of questions that can be asked in NATA Drawing Test.

NATA Important Books
  • A Complete Self Study Guide for B. Arch Entrance Examinations by Arihant
  • Architecture Entrance Book by P. K. Mishra
  • NATA/AIEE B. Arch. Question Bank- 2015
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Book by R. S. Aggarwal

NATA Drawing Test 2018 Preparation Tips

NATA aspirants taking Drawing test often get confused with where to start from? And what should one start with? And how to start it? One of the important steps toward this is to understand what exactly the examiner is expecting in the answer. To gain good marks in the test, the candidates should have a good practice.

  • The first and most important step is to go through the NATA Syllabus thoroughly and then plan out the preparation strategy and divide the time. Do not wonder about unnecessary topics.
  • For the drawing test, It is very important for an aspirant to remember that the test does not aim to test your basic sketching skills only but the candidate ability to show and understand the technicality behind it.
  • This test focuses primarily on testing the technicality and deep knowledge of sketching like effects of light and shadows, knowledge of scales and idea about proportion, etc.
  • Start practicing from sketching simple structures and as you become efficient in doing that increase the level of complexity, start sketching complicated structures like human expressions, try to a draw live object with minute details.
  • Learn to draw neat sketches and try to be innovative.
  • Candidates should avoid using eraser while sketching and focus on defining the curves and cuts in bold.
  • Try to practice the sketching on the computer as well and make yourself comfortable with the mouse/touchpad.
  • Candidates should learn to manage the time. It is the key to crack any examination. Go through the paper, check the questions and divide your time equally among all, then start attempting.
  • It is also essential to give equal attention and time to the second paper (Aesthetic Sensitivity Test) as well and prepare it with sincerity.

NATA Drawing Test Cut off

NATA Cutoff is the minimum marks or rank required for admission into the Architecture courses in India. NATA Cutoff varies with the campus. Council of Architecture publicly announces and discloses the cutoff list of NATA after fourth working day after completion of the exam. Candidates who score more than or equal to cut off marks are considered for admission into 5 years Bachelor of Architecture courses in India. NATA 2018 Cutoff will depend on following factors:

  • Candidates appeared in NATA Exam
  • Difficulty level of question paper
  • Last year NATA Cutoff list
  • Number of Seats available in each campus
  • Performance of the candidates in the Exam

Note: -In order to get shortlisted for NATA 2018, candidates have to score minimum 50% marks in the last examination passed (10+2 HSC Board). Candidates need to secure minimum marks in each section i.e. in Drawing Test and Aesthetic Sensitivity

The following Table gives a brief idea about NATA Cutoff 2014 in different colleges:

Name of the collegeNATA Score (200)
L.S. Raheja School of Architecture101
Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture87
Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture (Interior Design), Navi Mumbai107
Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture & Environmental Studies120
Padmashree Dr. D.Y.Patil College Of Architecture, Nerul100
Mahatma Eduction Society's Pillai College of Architcture, New Panvel106
Rizvi College of Architecture (Mumbai University)100
IES College of Architecture111
Late Bhausaheb Hiray S.S.Trust's Dr.Baliram Hiray College of Architecture95
Late Bhausaheb Hiray S.S.Trust's Dr.Baliram Hiray College of Architecture (Interior Design)122
Asmita College of Architecture122
Samyak Sankalpa College of Architecture, Nandivali village, Kalyan91
Viva School of Architecture113

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